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This five is for the performance alone, not necessarily this particular board, although Mr. Miller has done us a great favor in compiling the best of what's available. The source change from Drums > on is actually kind of charming and I love the way that magnificent Other One sounds here, but halfway through GDTRFB we have another dip, which will have to suffice through the rest of the suite and the encore. The good news is both nights at the Chicago Auditorium Theater will be released in a few weeks - really curious to see if they have indeed completed this board! The first 2/3rds sounds just fine, with some great stage banter thrown in there, too - the boys are having fun tonight!
Set one - some of Jerry's tunes go down so well: the first Jack-A-Roe, a lovely FOTD, and, of course, the abrupt turn into Fire on the Mountain - I just love how Phil lays the bass down so unapologetically, so bare, so beautiful. They cook the hell out of this one!
Set two - some decent opening fireworks give way to what has to be, for me, one of the great highlights of the Spring '77 tour - the Other One! YOWSER, kids...buckle up tight!
Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia -
Subject: I got some good laughs from this one
While I do tip my hat to the spring '77 run (look for a boxed set someday?), not all sets are without clunkers, and this first set is no exception. My favorite is when Jerry walks right through one of the time Signature changes in The Music Never Stopped as if it wasn't happening...I got a good chuckle out of that one. The band badgering one of the members to come onstage (one of the drummers?) at the beginning is prety hilarious, too.
The band doesn't reslly seem to find its sea legs until Minglewood. As far as song selection goes, Jerry seemed to pick a lot of his "Down Home" songs, but he all but sleep walks through the first two. Jack-A-Roe, however, shines. I am partial to the slower versions anyway (the 80's-90's version were sped up way too much). The Scarlet/Fire set closer is a nice treat.
The 2nd set is as good as any on the tour, with one possible exception (hint: it's the show that every Deadhead has).
This is a band that took chances and we were forgiving of them when they didn't come out with both guns blazing. This is one such night. But look at me, I am downloading it anyways. I think that you should, too.
4 stars, just to be fair to all of the five star shows on this tour. Emjoy!
Subject: Happy to find this intact recording
I love this show. I was there on 5/13/77, and have been listening to a recording made from the WXRT broadcast all these years. So glad to finally hear the bits that were lost when WXRT dropped the feed. Also my friend who was recording it ran out of tape before the end of Fire on the Mountain. So this is like finally being reunited with long lost loved ones after 35 years. So happy to have found this, thank you!
Subject: what the?
i have no idea what possessed this band on spring '77 tour. but whatever it was, amazing!
Subject: Another 77 gem
Great to hear the first Jack-a-Roe but the whole show is worth an attentive listen. Great Scarlet>Fire standard to the era and an excellent, jazzy OO.
Subject: Props for Donna Jean...on one song.
There are those, myself included, who disdain what Donna belts out ...mostly in the creshendo to Playin in the band, but...IMHO
This Looks Like Rain is my all-time favorite. The dynamics with her an Bobby is truely lovely.
Go Donna Go!!!
Subject: Jack A Roe
a highlight and funky one as well
Subject: One of my favorites that gets overlooked
I have akways loved this show. The first set is the where the magic happens for me. WXRT had problems and then lost the feed during the second set so if your source for this show is from the radio, that might explain the issues you are experiencing.
Subject: Donna-Good or Bad
Why do people keep trying to convince others whether Donna was good or bad? It is only people's opinions. I don't think she was horrible, but I certainly never liked her either.
I saw some shows with Donna when I first started seeing the Dead live and I thought she was terrible. But that doesn't mean others didn't like her. Just don't try to tell me that she was great becasue I'll never think she was.
Finally, just because the music was good doesn't mean anything. She played no instrument and only occasionally sang, so a show could be good or bad and she would have had very little to do with the final outcome. Sunrise and her screaming on Playin' In The Band were the two worst offenses in my book.
Subject: Still great after all these years!
One of my favorite, most heavily played tapes from when I got this back in 1982 in college. Love the shpiel at the beginning of the show and the crisp, tight, engaged playing throughout. Didn't see my first show until 4 months later--wish I'd caught the Spring 1977 tour but thankfully we have all these wonderful recordings.
Subject: More Donna Bashing
I don't get it....Donna's background helped make Jerry the fab vocalist he was (yes, that's right!!!).....understandably, the occasional annoying, over the top vocals didn't work but anyone who listens to this era has to hear what she was able to do for the man, himself. I am tired of reading the ridicule; like our wonderful Congress the is so contradictory, it's all bullshit. You can't tell me 1977 was the best but she had nothing to do with it. That simply does not make any sense. Fire On The Mountain wasn't the same without her. How about Sugaree in Baltimore or Hartford......and the list goes on. Get the wax out of your ear because you can't hear!!!
Subject: Fire better than 5/8?
Someone said that on a different copy of this show. I think they're dreaming. 5/8 blows the doors off this one. I'll post a rating once I've listened to the 2nd set.
Nice show. Typical great sound quality as per usual when Jay's name is on it. My favorite show of '77 is 6-9. Since I gave it a five star rating I guess I'll have to give this four stars. There's nothing wrong with this concert though.
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: This is a fine show...
Typically well played for May, and the Other One is certainly among the best performed in 1977.
But this excellent show is surely eclipsed by quite a few others from this period, both in the music and sound quality. (94 pts)
6 out of five stars. Been playing this for about 3 weeks now. Top 3 from 77' for me!!!!
headless deadhead -
Subject: hey now
look out for this one - burning the house down as we speak - wowee wow whoa
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: A Most Definitive Fire on the Mountain
From the get go this is an amazing remaster of a wonderful but slightly bass overdriven FM recording of an unspeakably brilliant and intensely picturesquely articulated performance: every song = A+. If there were 10 stars to rate a show, this show would merit all 10.
First ever Jack A Roe is an out of box perfect reading.
LLR will curl your battons so be well prepared.
Phil hits 8 on the Richter Scale.
The Scarlet is clearly red but Fire bleeds the intellect of a Jerome Connected man!
Samson on is a purified extension of the all consuming Fire and on it goes, and you run smack into a tree burning up in your arms as you carry you discard.
Stella...oh...Stella Blue...carry me through! Carry me through a self sacrifice I hang.
The entire show it atop non-stop masterpiece.
Be a show dat dont get da ink! but Make U think.
rating: 20 stars
Subject: First Jack A Roe OMG!
As much as I bash Donna, she does a fine job on this first set, with a blend of backing vocal that is something I didn't know she could do.
Music through Devil, very nice. El Paso we find Bob stepping up the energy, he enjoys this song.
Bobs on fire with outstanding rhythm as the GD machine blisters a polished first of seven total Jack A Roe played on the 77 tour.
LLR is the speed bump in the road.
Scarlet has the level up again, Donna adds some nice work as the drummers and Phil take us to Fire. In a tin can, one of our drummers? Is it working ?? On Fire, by the time we get to first verse it blends a bit. All good. The band Jams out on a killer first set.
Subject: Good, but not to the last drop
First set rocks in my opinion and the sound is crisp and clean. Jerry's on, and sounds great. Nice stage banter and off-stage whispers. Feels like a magic show. I also dug the second set. Nice Fire on the Mountain. But half way through GDTHRFB the audio goes to hell and degrades to something unlistenable. Maybe it was my computer? I don't know since I'm the first review. It was an honory though. I'd have given this a four start rating if it wasn't for the faux pas at the end. Worth a listen for sure. God I miss these guys. Will someone please invent a time machine?